Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Student of Aida Epstein -- Peter Dugan



Peter Dugan, nineteen, began studying piano at the age of five in Philadelphia, PA, where he studied with Aida Epstein and Harvey Wedeen. A Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholar, a National AP Scholar, and a National Merit Scholar, Mr. Dugan is currently a freshman at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Matti Raekallio. Mr. Dugan participated in the Perlman Music Program (PMP) during high school summers and returned in 2007 as one of three pianists in PMP’s Chamber Music Workshop, where his coaches included Itzhak Perlman and the Weilersteins. At the Curtis Institute and at the University of Pennsylvania, Peter premiered five contemporary pieces for his brother, composer Leonardo Dugan. Peter has won first prizes at the West Chester University Piano Competition, the Tri-County Concerts Association Competition, and the Warminster Symphony Young Artists’ Competition. He has appeared as a soloist with the Warminster Symphony, the Bryn Athyn Orchestra, and the Philadelphia All-Catholic Orchestra and has played at the Academy of Music, the Kimmel Center, and the WXPN World CafĂ© Live. In addition to his solo appearances, Mr. Dugan performs extensively as a chamber musician, jazz pianist, and gospel organist. Recently showcased on NPR’s From the Top with his piano trio, Dugan was praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “a little guy with a huge presence, moving artfully at the keyboard . . . even without the visuals, he can swing.”

I worked with Mr. Dugan's mother, Michelle Marchesano Dugan, at The Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia, in the late 1970s. Coincidentally, I worked for Bernard E. Epstein -- husband of Aida Epstein -- at The Franklin Institute.

The Epsteins reside in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Epstein had a dismal opinion of Wagner's piano music. I'm not sure Sviatislav Richter would agree. There are those who would describe Wagner as a "little guy (reportedly, 5'4") with a huge presence, who moved artfully at the keyboard."

4 comments:

Gary Freedman said...

The Epsteins' furniture was designed by George Nakashima.

The Franklin Institute Research Laboratories was designed by Venturi and Rauch.

Gary Freedman said...

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Gary Freedman said...

Peter Dugan's older brother:

Leonardo Dugan

Leo holds a Doctorate and Masters of Philosophy / Composition, and Bachelor of Music from the University of Pennsylvania.

He is an Adjunct Professor of Theory/Composition at West Chester University, where he has taught Theory I, II, and IV, Fundamentals of Music, Aural Skills I, II, III, IV, and Advanced Chromatic Harmony.

He is also an Adjunct Professor of Applied Music (Saxophone/Jazz Ensemble) at Immaculata University

Gary Freedman said...

I sent a copy of my book Significant Moments to Bernard Epstein several years ago.